McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Reflection

Steve Isaacs should be defined by his vision, not by a few ill-advised acts

This piece appeared on MinnPost September 4, 2014. Steve Isaacs should be defined by his vision, not by a few ill-advised acts. I was very sad last Friday morning when David Isaacs called me to tell me his dad, my benefactor, friend and mentor, former Minneapolis Star Editor Steve Isaacs had died in Austin, TX. […]

A fond memory, a man who offered a hand up, and modern-day bullying

I wrote this piece for my hometown newspaper, The Mt Pleasant Morning Sun. It appeared Sunday, May 13. I reprint it here for my regular followers. Read this to understand the controversy to which I refer.   I have followed the recent controversy at my alma mater, Sacred Heart Academy, with keen interest. I have […]

ASU computer hacking reinforces a valuable truth about digital and humans

As we were gathering for today’s Business and Future of Journalism class, one of the students fired off what he thought was a funny line: “This Digital thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, is it?” The joke referred to the classroom problems created by a hacker who apparently compromised the secure Arizona State […]

Engaging students in journalism classes

On Wednesday I was asked by the Cronkite School to give a presentation to our annual faculty retreat on student engagement in journalism classes. These are my prepared remarks though I admit to some ad libs that do not appear. I do not view myself as an expert but this is how I approach engagement. […]

Message to high school J-students:Storytelling needs to survive the media tumult

The following speech will be delivered at 7 pm. Thursday, April 28, 2011  to teachers and award-winning students of the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association.    Congratulations to all the award winners and to their teachers. In some ways it’s a ludicrous for me to be speaking to you tonight. You students represent tomorrow. My career […]

National Center for Disability Journalism gives me a chance to do some things differently

After a personal 62-year journey, it was a paraplegic woman named Jennifer Longdon who finally made me take my disability responsibilities seriously. Jennifer’s story is a tough one to read and if you follow her twitter account @jenniferlongdon, it hasn’t gotten any easier in recent weeks. That twitter feed for the last three months is […]

"After Cronkite" addresses a genuine problem graduating students face

About 15 months ago, a Spring 2009 Cronkite School graduate named Alyssa Aalmo dropped by my office to say hello. She had been out in the work world for about six months. Alyssa looked at me plaintively and said "Tim we need more help negotiating the real world! This has been horrible."  She had my […]

Journalism education and AEJMC have to step up to show students how they can survive

At 11:43 Tuesday morning I walked out of an energizing, challenging and crucial encounter with the students of my Business and Future of Journalism class. The inevitable question I face every semester finally came up. Debating the answer to that question pleasantly hijacked the 75-minute class. THE question was a few weeks late this year, […]

That loss of control that hit mainstream media is now the Meta story we have to cover better

Charles Krauthammer on Sunday boldly credited the Bush doctrine for the tumult in the Mideast.  Krauthammer argued, “ the administration is rushing to keep up with the new dispensation, repeating the fundamental tenet of the Bush Doctrine that Arabs are no exception to the universal thirst for dignity and freedom.” I am no Charles Krauthammer […]

My medical sojourn maddened me and strengthened me

This is not going to be a typical  blog post for me.  It just seems too odd to return to these posts without explaining why I haven’t posted since Sept.23 when I wrote about the Homer Hanky. I am a transparent person by nature. My wife has always said “Tim will tell his deepest, darkest […]